A dilapidated, malfunctioning, out-of-date lift station in Olympia Fields was causing mechanical operations problems for the village. The 40-year-old station was located in a floodplain, and so was difficult to rebuild without impacting sensitive environmental areas.
Robinson Engineering was hired to design, permit, bid and provide construction oversight for a new, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art lift station, using a low-interest loan from the EPA along with local funding. Robinson designed a prefabricated control building, assembled in a controlled environment to avoid the elements, minimizing the need for disruptive construction activities and regulatory permitting in the flood hazard area.
The completed project included new pumps, a natural gas generator, a new control building, and supervisory control and data acquisition to allow for constant monitoring. Robinson was also responsible for extending a sanitary sewer to the new station location, installing energy-efficient pumps with variable speeds for reduced energy demand, and enhancing the driveway and landscaping to reduce runoff and improve aesthetics of the project area.
The new lift station won the 2012 American Public Works Association Environmental Project of the Year Award for the Chicago Metro Southwest Branch. Village officials, the general contractor, and Robinson representatives were in attendance at the awards ceremony.